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Donald Folsom
War: World War II - Pacific Area
Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
Highest Rank: Corporal
Birth Year: March 10, 1923
Place of Birth: Bad Axe, Michigan
Citations/Medals: Good Conduct Medal, Sharpshooter Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Asian Pacific Medal

Donald Folsom was born on March 10, 1923, in Bad Axe, Michigan. Because of his mother's illness (T.B.), the family, and especially Donald, moved alot. Donald attended school in Muskegon, California, and finally Plymouth where he graduated from high school.

Pearl Harbor happened in Donald's senior year. He waited until graduation to join the Marines. His boot training was very difficult and at times he felt it was mean. His advanced training included two weeks in Paratrooper training, and a brief time in the Tank Corp. Donald edned up as an Artillery Man.

Donald and his Unit trained intensively throughout his time in the South Pacific before, and after, each landing. He landed in Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa. He said they were training to invade Japan until the A Bomb was dropped.

Donald related an incident when he and a fellow Marine shared a fox hole. They were taking turns sleeping. He awoke to find his companion was asleep and a Jananese soldier was coming at his fox hole ready to throw a grenade, but Donald shot him before he had a chance.

Donald was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Sharpshooter Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation and the Asian Pacific Medal.

After discharge, he went to work in the Fire Department retiring in 1979 after 30 years and reaching the rank of Battalion Chief. He and his wife were married for 62 years. She died last year after suffering for four years with Alzheimers.

Donald lives in Livonia and is cared for by his devoted son and daughter.